President Ted Carter says he'll be very involved in Ohio State Buckeyes athletics

The new President spoke about how the Ohio State Buckeyes use their athletics to be the "front porch" to the rest of the university and how he will be very involved in the department.
Jan 17, 2024; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State president Ted Carter introduces Ross Bjork as the
Jan 17, 2024; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State president Ted Carter introduces Ross Bjork as the / Adam Cairns/Columbus Dispatch / USA

The Ohio State Buckeyes are synonymous with great athletics. Whenever anyone thinks about Ohio State, the first thing they think of is how good they are at sports, specifically football. That's something that new President Ted Carter understands and embraces.

Carter took over the job when Kristina Johnson resigned for still unknown reasons last year. Carter has been on the job for a couple of months now and knows that athletics are something a lot of students and alumni care deeply about when it comes to Ohio State.

Speaking to Morning Juice on 97.1 The Fan this morning, Carter talked about how he will be very involved in athletics moving forward. He mentioned that while he was at Nebraska, he was part of the decision-making group that let go of Scott Frost and hired Matt Rhule.

If that is the case, you have to think that Carter was also involved in the firing of Chris Holtmann. He is going to have high standards for the athletic department but made it clear that he will let new AD Ross Bjork do his job once he takes the job in July.

I think it's a good thing to have a President who isn't just solely concerned with academics. He should have thoughts on athletics as well, especially given the fact that the Ohio State Buckeyes bring in more money than any other athletic department in the country.

How involved Carter will be in hiring/firing decisions remains to be seen. He ultimately has to sign off on any hiring or firing by the athletic department anyway so perhaps it's good he helps with making those decisions. It's better than just having blind faith that a good hire is being made.

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I'm sure Carter understands that this opens him up to more criticism from fans if a major hire turns out wrong. I'm sure those are consequences he is willing to deal with. I still think this is a good thing for the Buckeyes overall.